Yakuza 3 heading West in March 2010

Sega confirms modern-day Japanese crime drama will arrive for PS3 in NA, Europe, Australia early next year.

At the 2009 Tokyo Game Show, Sega producer Toshihiro Nagoshi unveiled Yakuza 4 for the PlayStation 3, the latest in the developer's well-regarded Japanese gangster action adventure series. The news was bittersweet for many Western gamers, however, because while it confirmed that the Yakuza series would continue, Sega had still not localized Yakuza 3 for release outside of Japan.

The Dragon of Dojima, in a moment of repose.

Now, those holding out hope for Yakuza 3's release in the West are in luck. Sega confirmed today via Sony's PlayStation Blog that Yakuza 3 will arrive exclusively for the PS3 in North America, Europe, and Australia in March 2010.

Yakuza 3 is a direct sequel to the contemporary-set Yakuza 2, after the spin-off Ryu ga Gotoku: Kenzan took the franchise to Japan's Edo period in 2008. (Sega has yet to confirm Kenzan's release in the West.) Yakuza 3 picks back up with former gangster Kiryu Kazuma, who had abandoned Tokyo's underground to establish an orphanage in Okinawa at the end of the last game. Sega noted that Yakuza 3's Western release will maintain the original Japanese voice-over work with English subtitles, instead of the usual localized voice-over.

Check out GameSpot's preview of Yakuza 3 from last year's Tokyo Game Show for more information.

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jtthegame316
jtthegame316

i am happy yakuza 3 is coming out in the us and uk i only wish it was coming on 360 to so i don't have to fork out for a ps 3 to play it. see i have a lot of game consoles and don't really need to buy another nor do i have space for another. so if sega could kindly put yakuza on xbox 360 that would mean i don't have to get another console which would be a good thing.

akiwak
akiwak

I will be spending next year broke but very HAPPY! The games that are going to take up my time are: Heavy Rain, God of War 3, Yakuza 3, Gran Turismo 5, Bayonetta, FF13, Bioshock 2, Final Fantasy 14, MAG. Not enough hours in the day..... I wish to be able to clone myself to be able to game and go to work!!!

F00SEY
F00SEY

Im gonna be in debt more then I already am! xD

F00SEY
F00SEY

God of War 3, Heavy Rain, Army of Two 40th day, Dark Void, Dead Space 2, Bioshock 2, Mass Effect 2, Ride to Hell, Yakuza 3, Splatterhouse (remake), and a **** more, all the games I'm excited about!!! O and 3d Dot Heroes.

F00SEY
F00SEY

@eze_sl89 i think its gonna be in Japanese but with english subs

neoand12
neoand12

First God of war 3, Then Final Fantasy 13, and now Yakuza 3. I guess I picked a perfect month to get a PS3 lmao.

eze_sl89
eze_sl89

hope they translate yakuza 3 to english.. otherwise... im not getting it.

PumpkinBoogie
PumpkinBoogie

HELL YEAH!! So psyched about this; it certainly 'bout time. I loved playing it as an import even though my Japanese is very limited. However, I will most certainly buy it again (just as I did w/ Yakuza 2) when it comes out here to show my support for this awesome series! ...wait, I just thought of something...damn, Ryu ga Gotoku 4 (Yakuza 4) comes out in March in Japan as well (as planning to import)! Plus, God of War 3.....wow, I am most certain March is gonna be a crazy game spending month for me. :shock: Man, I better start planning ahead and save up now, lol.

frazzle00
frazzle00

Excellent! This IS the PS3 game I've been waiting for and FINALLY Sega have deemed us non-Japanese speakers worthy of some Yakuza loving :).

LindBergh2007
LindBergh2007

Rhen_Var. Just wait. They've got some BIG suprises planned for 2010 and 2011!

Henninger
Henninger

I havent even played the 1st 1 yet or bought the 2nd 1 & now the 3rd is coming out? I gotta catch up!

Arach666
Arach666

That´s cool SEGA,but let me ask this: WHERE THE HELL IS SHENMUE 3????

AngelCage-2
AngelCage-2

man, this make my day!!! This game looks sick! Thanks sega!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

buft
buft

it probably wont get launched in the uk , i'd only be setting myself up for a fall

Frankasti
Frankasti

March 2010 will set my bank account to 0

NejiKusa
NejiKusa

Badass, Im buying this day one!

mightycloud
mightycloud

Whoo hoo! Took long enough. And it's not dubbed which makes it even better. Bet we'll be waiting another 2 years before we get Yakuza 4 after Japan though. And what happened to the one that was set in the past coming out over here? Either way, Pre-orders at the ready.

JDWolfie
JDWolfie

I don't think many people read that it says that it's in Japanese but has English subtitles. Why couldn' they do that now? It's the same game.

NECOthaHOUND
NECOthaHOUND

Yeeeesss!!! I popped a mont chandon bottle to this, Salute to Sega for finally getting their act together and to all of us who waited in the dark to play Yakuza 3

Jrw1202
Jrw1202

You make me proud SEGA one of your better moves, now make sure you give this title some publicity....

billyjunxix
billyjunxix

awesome, i've been waiting for this for so long and i almost both the japanese version. this is great, i cant wait for this game.

rcktz
rcktz

It's just great, but afterall Sega is definitely the one who should not make western gamers community to wait of Yakuza's localizations for that long, waiting is very much irritating and it really seems to kick back potential sales of a nice title.

OGKNav
OGKNav

Nice, will Yakuza 4 come to America too? Or just late? Regardless... this is awesome.

necrid88
necrid88

Played the japanese demo and it's definitely the game that I wanted GTA 4 to be. (yeah I actually played the demo of Y3 more than GTA 4).

Dualmask
Dualmask

Coolness. I played the Japanese demo and it was promising in that cheesy martial arts flick way. There was a lot of unskippable dialogue though and I really wished I knew what they were saying. Looks like I'll get my shot.

mugupo
mugupo

Wow what a mont will be for march lol, aleady tons of great game, this one just make even better !

pppjjj
pppjjj

Jeez Sony give me a damn break.

WeWerePirates
WeWerePirates

I believe there is a word for exactly these situations: Wooooooo! Kenzan please Sega.

ico92
ico92

god of war 3,,gran turismo 5, the better version of FF13 and yakuza 3 all in one month jesus christ give the ps3 owners a break i cant afford to spend $240 on games in one month

akechi419
akechi419

Finally, you know what would be sweet? if they also brought over the yakuza 3 ps3 edition the white ps3 with the dragon tattoo was awesome

Sirbobislost
Sirbobislost

@ fahadrrr did you actually read the article?

Infernal69
Infernal69

Finally, YAKUZA 3 comes to Europe :D

fahadrrr
fahadrrr

i have not played the previous version of this game Are there related to the new one in term of story please help me out

Idta666
Idta666

I think I just cried... YAY!!! I have been waiting for this news for so long now...I was actually losing any hope of ever playing the 3rd installment in this great series.

Rhen_Var
Rhen_Var

Hell yeah, finally! SEGA is really starting to get my respect. Valkyria Chronicles, porting Bayonetta, and now this!

Petch1984
Petch1984

Looked good right up until 01:14

cube-gage
cube-gage

Im about half way through yakuza 1, but havent played it for a while. Having to fight some annoying punk every 7 seconds gets on your nerves, but the story was great. And its as close to shenmue as you can get. Im looking forward to completling 1, then 2 and then getting 3. I would like to see Ryu ga Gotoku: Kenzan released here to. And hopefully sega and sony will actually market the yakuza series well in the west, I want to see a special edition yakuza ps3 like japan got. If they do stuff like that then it will become a game that even your average joe will of heared of or played. And if there is enough interest then shenmue 1, 2 and 3 on the trey babey!

DragonicB
DragonicB

YES YES YES! I thought it would never happen

2mrw
2mrw

March will be the best gaming month in the PS3 lifecycle ever.

Kitty_Fields
Kitty_Fields

I've never actually played any of the Yakuza games before, but I've heard they're good. I've also heard a lot of people who said they hoped this game came overseas. Awesome!

PayneKiller
PayneKiller

@SDBusDriver1979 I have to agree with you. With this announcement I started hoping that at least one of these games get delayed until summer or something. Yea I'm also considering the fact that early in the year release can equate to price drops and more frequent sale prices by summer, but the initial sales still matter a lot for these games. Q1 2010 will have around 10 major releases, about half of which come in March alone. There's too much coming out for any of the releases to get the attention they may deserve. Good games will have to get ignored for a long time just because of pocket constraints.

gordos24
gordos24

My girlfriend is not going to like this!! But i will finally 3 good games on march!

Hizakii
Hizakii

Better late than never released in the west in my opinion.

SDBusDriver1979
SDBusDriver1979

A little too late, we really could of use this game during the summer. Not to mention that its coming out in one of the worst months to release a game next year; God of War, Gran Turismo, Final Fantasy XIII, and Battlefield. Its like Sega wants this game to do horrible just to say to the people who were complaining on the Sega forums that we told it wouldn't sell. If we are already capable of waiting a year why not just hold off until summer where there is little going on.